Appointments, achievements

Laki Kondylas becomes deputy director at RMIT’s Cyber Security Research Centre. Zahir Tari is now research director. Both are at RMIT.

Martyn Pearce becomes comms manager at Science and Technology in January. He joins from ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy.

 The Victorian Premier’s awards for health and medical research are announced.  Top honour goes Simone Park (Uni Melbourne and Peter Doherty Institute) for her work on local immune protection against cancer and infection. Category winners are, Melissa Lee (Uni Melbourne and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute – clinical research), Xinyang Hua (Uni Melbourne – health services), Jesse Young (Uni Melbourne – public health), Cammi Murrup-Stewart (Monash Uni) who researches understanding young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ experiences of culture and social and emotional wellbeing, identity formation, and the use of Indigenous methodologies in research.